Coming of age: In some of the early practices in the first week of camp, rookie QB Stephen McGee showed a stronger arm than many believed he had, but still had some receivers waiting on passes. Translation: he wasn't getting rid of the ball early enough. That changed visibly Wednesday afternoon. In the skeleton passing drills that immediately followed the kickoff drills that opened practice, McGee showed good accuracy, and was throwing some passes before the receiver even made his cut. It's something college QBs know, but when joining a new team, some struggle with it. What it means is McGee is improving his sense of timing and trust with his new targets.
How offensive: The WRs and DBs went through a series of one-on-one drills that favor the offense because the DB has to chase the WR wherever he goes. Nonetheless, the offense appeared to have the upper hand. WRs caught the first four passes, and six of the first seven. Camp standouts Miles Austin and Sam Hurd looked particularly sharp.
Heavyweight battle: New DE Igor Olshansky is a big man — very big (6-6, 309). But he looked almost slender when he matched up with LT Flozell Adams (6-7, 340) in one-on-one line drills. Olshansky, however, looked very good against Adams, who at 34 is seven years older than Olshansky. The free agent signee from the San Diego Chargers has plenty of strength to tangle with a tackle of Adams' size, and coupled that with his quickness and flexibility to get out of Adams' grasp and get around him several times.
Go for two: For the second straight day, LB Justin Rogers worked with the second team; he had been running with the third team prior to Tuesday.
Minutemen: For the second time in as many practices, the offense worked extensively on the two-minute drill. Tony Romo's first possession ended early, when CB Mike Mickens outfought WR Roy Williams for the ball, knocking it up in the air so his former University of Cincinnati teammate DeAngelo Smith could step in for the interception. On his second possession, Romo led the offense downfield relatively smoothly before the offense stalled. CB Alan Ball broke up a pass in the end zone that was intended for Willias, and on the next play, SS Patrick Watkins intercepted Romo in the end zone.
Backup Jon Kitna took over and was very efficient, completing his first five passes in the hurry-up offense (although one was a freebie — OLB DeMarcus Ware blew past OT Pat McQuistan but resisted the urge to clobber Kitna).
Overall, Romo completed 5-of-9 passes in the drill, with the interception by Watkins, while Kitna completed 7-of-9. Neither unit scored, although Romo dismissed that after practice, pointing out that the two-minute offense did score in the morning session, and that the familiarity the defense has with the offense sometimes makes an offense stagnant in practice. He stressed that what's far more important to him — and to the coaches — is that the players understand the scheme and can execute it quickly to be in position to make the right plays, and he said the offense did that smoothly, regardless of which quarterback was at the helm.
Big addition: DT Tim Anderson passed his physical and was activated. In his press conference between practices, head coach Wade Phillips said he was impressed by Anderson's conditioning and enormous strength.
Someone's watching you: Among those in attendance at Wednesday's practice was former college coach Dennis Franchione.
Wednesday afternoon camp insider
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